Five-star Bayern Munich rout Borussia Monchengladbach

The Bavarians secured a sixth straight German league title last weekend with a 4-1 win at Augsburg.

Frankfurt now lie in 6th place in the Bundesliga, five points away from Champions League qualification, with four games to go.

Here are three winners and three losers.

Bobic said Bayern's announcement about Kovac was a surprise, and the timing was detrimental to his current club at the decisive stage of the season. "A big fixture, in a very positive way", he said.

Ahead of the game, Bayern's Sporting Director Hasan Salihamidzic told Sky that Bayern had not leaked any information, but repeatedly avoided answering questions about when Bayern first approached Kovac.

Nevertheless, Heyncke's men still have the chance to round off the season with more than just one title, as Bayern meet Bayer Leverkusen in the German Cup before they host Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League on April 25.

Injured when Croatia finished third at the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France, the Berlin-born 46-year-old went to win the double of Bundesliga and DFB Cup with Bayern in 2003, and James has little doubt about the coach's ability to swell both of their trophy cabinets.

Kovac was appointed at Eintracht in March 2016 and helped the club survive a relegation play-off that season before guiding them to a respectable 11th-place finish in 2017.

"Thomas Tuchel told us that he's signed with another club".

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness hit back at Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday, calling criticism over the hiring of Niko Kovac "rather outrageous".

His first full season in charge brought an 11th-placed finish but Frankfurt did reach the final of the DFB-Pokal, where they narrowly lost 2-1 to Borussia Dortmund.

Bayern are chasing a repeat of their 2013 treble having drawn holders Real Madrid in the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Rodriguez joined Bayern Munich this summer on loan, with a €40m buy-out clause included in his contract.

Set to return to Real when the 2018/19 campaign is over, James had expressed his desire to stay in Germany past his loan deal.

The 31-year-old had played down links of taking over at Bayern, but refused to completely rule out leaving Hoffenheim.

'He is innovative, he is one who loves football and also has good communication with his players [which] I have also experienced'. "We are convinced that he is the right coach for the future of FC Bayern".

  • Jacqueline Ellis